Lowe’s has apologized for forcing a teen employee to change out of his Black Panther shirt after a customer claimed it was racist.
According to Atlanta Black Star, Kyle Sales was wearing a shirt that read “Black Panther Wakanda Forever” during his shift at a Lowe’s in Bonney Lake, Washington, when a manager asked him to change out of it.
“She goes, ‘a customer said your shirt is offensive and racist,’” the 19-year-old told KIRO, a CBS affiliate. “This is from a movie. How is this racist?”
Sales was upset about the situation, but went home and put a jersey on over the shirt before returning to work. However, the situation didn’t end there. The woman who made the complaint came back to the store the next day to make sure Sales was reprimanded for wearing the shirt.